12 February 2014

Mr. Harold Stuart
Operations Manager
Aviator Gear

Dear Harold,

As a former Director of Operations for the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (EAES) at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan who designed the official Air Force patch and then entrusted it to Aviator Gear to reproduce let me congratulate you and your team. You produce the highest quality patches and stickers and at very competitive prices.

It came as no surprise to learn that our Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) personnel have turned to you as well. This has been a boon to those of us that collect aeromedical evacuation patches. While hundreds of copies of AE patches are made CCATT has traditionally had the local patch shop create a custom patch for each member of the team (Physician, Registered Nurse, & Respiratory Therapist). This meant getting a member of CCATT to trade patches was exceedingly hard.

In comes Aviator Gear to the rescue! Hello Kitty came out so well that not only did the CCATT members trade away numerous patches but your Zap stickers are now literally all over the world! This year that particular team returned to Afghanistan when I was there. I regret I left before their new creation, Felix the Cat arrived. And this is not the only crew to do repeat business with Aviation Gear. The totem pole inspired Alaskan team has returned as Chester Cheetah Zombie.

You will have to wait for a book on the subject to learn the hidden details in the designs. For example, “Don’t forget your CAC” refers not only to the Common Access Card (ID card) folks leave in the computer but CAC are also the initials of the members of the team. “Non deferimus satis laborum fugae?” as you might imagine Chester obsessing on, is Latin for, “Did you bring snacks?”

Congratulations on your thriving business and well deserved success. Your growing line of unique products, on time delivery, and steadfast support to the Armed Forces brings great credit to you and your firm. Keep up the great work!


Lt Col David S. Ball, USAFR NC
Director of Operations
315th AES
Charleston AFB, SC

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